The Minnesota Department of Revenue has released its annual list of preliminary maximum property tax levies from local governments, which in many cases could lead to higher individual tax bills.

Not surprisingly, considering last week’s local school referenda, the more sizable increases are from the schools. Statewide, it’s about a 7.5 percent increase, with about half of that with the permission of voters in those referenda. Read more

You don’t usually hear about the kids in the school band getting into trouble. They tend not to jump on tables at lunch doing the Harlem Shake, or suspended from band for making sex tapes, and they’re not usually the schoolyard bullies. Band — music programs — must be doing something right, or the programs just seem to attract a decent brand of child.

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